Jul 202010

Simon, posting at Classical Values offers a preview of a book Modern Physics is Rotting. The author, Prof. Johan F. Prins, has developed some interesting theories on superconductivity that are having difficulty breaking through peer review. I’m not sufficiently competent in solid sate physics to assess his scientific claims. However, his historical claims are a bit lacking. He argues that Heisenberg more or less singlehandedly “took physics back to the age of superstition.” I disagree.

Elsewhere, I’ve shown how the prevalent philosophy of the era led to quantum mechanics being interpreted in a non-causal fashion. Heisenberg was a key player, but the foundations were laid decades earlier by such physicists as Bohr, Wein, von Laue, Weyl, and others.

Unfortunately, my comment at Classical Values never saw the light of day, so I offer my thoughts here.


This article originally appeared in Atlantis Vol. 3, #1, pp. 38-42 (Feb.-Mar. 1995). Copyright © 1995-1996 Hans Schantz

The purpose of this article is to debunk a myth by which the advocates of mysticism and non-objective science seek to undermine science in general and physics in particular. Proponents of this mythical history of science would have us believe that up until the discovery of quantum mechanics in the 1920′s, physicists were committed to a classical (or in other words, more or less objective) view of reality. They hold that these physical discoveries destroyed any hope for an objective view of reality and forced physicists to reject such notions as identity and causality. The picture such persons paint is of physical discoveries somehow validating non-objective philosophy. They portray the history of science as a progression whose climax is the discovery of its own impotence.

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